|SERVING SUGGESTION! If you use the red pepper flakes, top with
vegan sour cream and some extra parsley for surprisingly
spicy variation of this already delectable soup! (Tofutti)
|Yes, that is blood.|
My mother would always make us Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice or Chicken with our dinners growing up. Actually, she started with that “San Francisco Treat” but eventually started to make her own, superior versions of our favorite side dish. She would just add a can of diced tomatoes to the rice and it would give it just that little kick to bring the Spanish flavor! She basically inspired me to get creative when trying to imitate my favorite foods and thus, I created a casserole from one of my childhood side dishes.
|Cooking rice with diced tomatoes adds a richness and tangy depth|
|This dish is very colorful and vitamin packed!|
|Avocado is my most FAVORITE food ever. I will seriously add
it to any food ever. Ever. So naturally, I added avocado here
AND IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!
|Photo courtesy of the Instagram: ZeroDecorum|
|The smaller end of the eggplant will make mini bite sized pizzas
while the larger end makes personal “pan” pizzas
|Place the eggplant slices on a paper towel before salting to ensure
the most moisture is absorbed and the bitterness removed
|Sometimes the smaller slices will get crispy quicker than
the larger slices so keep checking while baking and remove if necessary
|Tofurky is my go-to faux meat
WATCH OUT: Trader Joe’s meatless Italian Sausage contains egg whites!
|Slice the sausage into ½ inch slices for a more meaty texture
Slice thinner for a crispier variation
|I usually place the cooked sausage bites on a paper towel
to soak up that extra oil
I KNOW, I am THAT person who dabs their greasy pizza…
|Fav sauce right now: Trader Joe’s Tomato Basil|
|You can use vegan yogurt instead but make sure it is plain|
|I added extra cumin and garlic powder for an extra KICK!|
|Do not be afraid to get your hands dirty to spread the marinade!|
|Yeah… the marinade looks goopy and gross before it is baked|
|I use a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the baking tray clean|
|Baking for a little bit extra will make a very crispy crust!|
|Feel free to experiment with your spices! Use dill and parsley!|
|For an Indian twist, use more curry powder!|
|You can cut it into fourths to share with others…|
|…or just eat the whole thing yourself! (I did.)|
“What was that noise?” I ask, waking up from a deep sleep to crashing and clunking sounds.
“Is someone in our apartment?” inquires Jonathan, after I emerge from the bed.
Walking into the living room I see two bright, beady eyes glaring up at me from atop the entertainment center. A sleek, slender, black form hops down and scampers away to hide under the couch.
“SALEM!” I exclaim, probably louder than I should for 2 AM. As I walk back to bed I tell Jonathan Salem just “knocked over every DVD and Blu-Ray on the top shelf of the stand.”
“Mmmhmmgggg…” he replies, and we go back to bed.
“What was that noise?” I cry, terried that someone had just smashed in the front window and broken into our apartment. Slowly, I peer around the corner into the kitchen and see a sleek, slender black form fly by my feet, into the bedroom, and under the bed. I stop. Stare. On the floor lays the broken remnants of a ceramic bowl from our fancy dinnerware, the top of a glass goblet, 3 pieces of a pint glass, and litle tiny bits of food and wine strewn everywhere across the kitchen. Disheartened, I gather a broom and dustpan and plenty of swiffer refills and start to clean.
“What was that noise?” we both yell.
*THUMP, thump thump, CLANG, swish, THUMP, clatter clatter clatter*
“What the hell is she doing?” I try to ask as we see a sleek, slender black form leaping and bounding up and down on top of our feet, hunting her prey.
“What is going on?” Jonathan exclaims, as the same thumping and clanging is occurring on our comforter again.
“Salem is just hunting our toes, that is all,” I sigh as I try to get back into any semblance of slumber.
“Salem, get off the table while we are eating!!”
“Salem, move! We cannot watch American Horror Story with your whole body in front of the TV!!”
“If you do not stop eating our avocaods, I will kill you, Salem!!”
“This paper is due in one hour and I still have two pages left! MOVE SALEM!!”
“Fine, stay out there! If you want to run outside every time we open the door you can just live OUTSIDE!”
“I literally fed you 5 minutes ago with a full cup of food. You are not on the brink of starvation so please stop whining!”
“This is vegan mayonaise, Salem. VEGAN! You are a carnivore! Eat your meaty food and leave us alone!”
“If you do not stop eating all of our house plants, I will gladly give you to the neighbors. They have 5 young children that would love to make you into a toy doll!”
You may recognize these scenarios. You probably have exclaimed similar sentiments before. I want you to take one guess as to who Salem is….
A cat. Obviously. Typical feline behavior, yet it never fails to surprise. Our little tiny black cat Salem terrorizes us on a daily basis. Make that HOURLY basis. If she is not getting into trouble she is WHIZZING and ZOOMING with her claws out across the carpet, sounding like a stampede of angry elephants. Yetwe have not killed her…………
I would not trade her for anything, but stories like these make me loathe and abhor her more than Lil Kim hates Nicki Minaj.
This is my life. If you were to be a fly on my walls you would surely hear me either yelling and screaming at my cat that she is “the devil and satain incarnate and she should die in the fiery pits of hell,” or gently massaging her fur and telling her she is “the prettiest cat in the whole world and so loving and gentle and sweet.”
This post has been part of a blogging challenge group!
Hello again. It is time for another crazy fun blog using words submitted by: http://www.outmannedmommy.com
“There are no hurdles or constraints whatsoever, so If you could arrange a special surprise that totally blows their mind for someone, for whom and what would it be?”
I then think of a chef that changed the world. Julia Child. Wait…
THE Julia Child? Why, yes.
“… thinking back on it now reminds that the pleasures of the table, and of life, are infinite – toujours bon appétit!”
Wow. Bon appétit!
That was her special catch phrase she uttered at the end of her cooking show! Getting back on track, I would like to propose a special recipe for the second last meal of Julia Child.
What would I use? How would I make it exquisite? Would it be good enough? She is the authority on French cuisine and I am attempting to make her a meal????
What have I gotten myself into?!
Okay, do not panic. Keep Calm and Carry On, or whatever that weird meme is.
For the base…
I imagine a wonderfully rich vegetable broth with carrots and celery, boiled down to a thick consistency.
When you start to sauté the onions, the kitchen will reek with unbelievable scents. Add a bit of garlic and everyone will start to drool…
Place some herbes de provence in the onions and the spirit of France will come alive in your kitchen!
Transfer everything to a soup pot and start to simmer to a boil.
French Onion Soup must be accompanied by bread of some fashion.
Start to toast sliced french baguette in a toaster oven and add a basil pesto halfway through. Once the toast is crispy, remove from the oven and let sit until the soup comes to a boil.
Place the savory soup into individual bowls and top with a slice of the basil baguette. All of the ingredients will be toasty and warm and now comes time to top with cheese!
CHEESE?! But this is a vegan blog!
“You do not consume cheese!” some may say.
Alas, there does exist some creation of a vegan cheese that would adorn this soup most royally.
Daiya makes an excellent vegan havarti cheese that comes from the vegan goddess of cheese! I actually used this on my Buffalo Tempeh Burger awhile back! It was divine.
The soup is almost complete. With herbes de provence, the french scent is heavily apparent. Basil baguettes top the savory soup with a crisp crunch. Heavenly havarti adds a sharp undertone to the top of the soup. All that is left is the garnish.
Take a sprig of rosemary and shed those little leaves upon the melty, gooey, crispy, crunchy, savory, salty soup for the perfect vegan French Onion Soup!
If this intrigues your senses, look forward to the specific recipe coming soon! This super exciting blogging challenge gave me the inspiration to construct a vegan French Onion Soup in real life. I will shop this weekend and try to bring this potential recipe to life!
A huge thank you to Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom for this wonderful prompt! To read more of her stuff, click here!
This challenge has been organized by Karen, her blog HERE!
To see the other entries in the challenge this month, here is a list of the blogs that are participating in this Secret Subject Swap!
(trust me, this was exceedingly fun and made me think of a fun way to write my blog!)